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  1. #1
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    Geezer names for girls

    I love how it says not to use those names for boys. If a name sucks- save it for a girl!

    Really, I don't think Lawrence, Arthur, etc. are that bad for boys, but I would HATE to be a girl named something like that. I hate the idea that anything 'uncool' can be made cool again by applying it to a girl. I hate the trend for using masculine names on girls. Every name site or name book will advise against using any name that isn't hyper-masculine for a boy, but they suggest MALE names for girls. I guess you can call a girl whatver you want, just like a dog, but make sure boys don't get stupid names.

    It's sexist. Sorry, but the idea that boys deserve good names and girls can get whatever you think is 'cool' even if it's hard to live with is just an extension of the idea that boys are people and girls are just cute fashion accessories.

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    You know what, I think that's an excellent point. And overall, you can get so caught up in choosing a cool name that you can forget what that's going to be like for the little person, male or female, who's got to live with your "cool" choice. Yet, I do think that a name like Murray, for instance, sounds really fresh and warm and strong when a female has it -- and I do have a friend (female) with that name -- whereas there are so many old man Murrays that it just feels different for a baby boy.
    Pam Redmond
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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    One time I was talking to a friend about names which sound better when applied to the opposite gender, and she mentioned a name that goes the other way (is more common for girls but she likes for a boy). She mentioned that she likes the name Kelly, but for a boy; in her opinion she thinks that name sounds somewhat "fresh" again when applied to a male.

    Edited to add: I noticed that the quote tags aren't working properly.

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    I really don't like geezer names for girls. I think they take the frivolity out of life. There was a stunningly beautiful girl at my art school and she was dating the head of the fine arts department. Her name didn't fit her-it was Peter, not that Peter is a geezer name, but still! There are so many beautiful names out there for girls that if I were a little girl and had a geezer name, I would be disappointed. Especially if my best friend were named Vivienne or Cecily and my name were Murray or whatever! But to each her own. I do like many androgenous names like Shiloh, for instance. Of course I wouldn't use them myself for a girl because I love feminine names.

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    You know, I actually think that's a great point. My daughter's name is Rory and when she was 4 or so she was really pissed off because she had a "boy's name." And if I had known I would have only one daughter I might have chosen something more feminine....
    Pam Redmond
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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    I like the spunky feel of boyish names, but think they don't suit girls well, so I started collecting femininsed boy names since the family names: Josephine, Cecilia & Frances as well as my own name, Laura, are femininsed boy names (it was a grand start, anyway) And My favorite of the bunch became my daughter's name (Josephine). Now the problem? since I've used my favorite, what to name a sister? :D

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    I love the name Josephine! There are plenty of delightful girls names that also come from boys names. They are very common in England. There's Georgia, Charlotte/Carlotta/Caroline, Cecily/Cecelia (from Cecil), Jacqueline, Andrea, Joanna, even Emily (Emil), Laura (Laurence), Tamsin (Thomas), Henrietta (ugly! unless you're royalty, of course), Olivia (Oliver), Lucy (Lucien), Julia (Julian), and many others.

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    No, no, I love Henrietta. And Harriet too. But Linda does not!
    Pam Redmond
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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    I love Henrietta too. (I loved "New Zoo Review" as a tot and Henrietta stuck with me (don't forget Henrietta pussycat from Mr. Rogers!) Mr. Rogers was a huge hero of mine. It would also backhandedly honor his Grandmother Harriet. I'm not super fond of Harriet but adore Henrietta!

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    Re: Geezer names for girls

    Actually, I have to admit that Henrietta has grown on me.

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